SEATTLE -- A series of strong Pacific frontal systems are heading toward the Northwest and will bring heavy rains at times this weekend and into next week.

A new disturbance will approach the coast Friday, bringing increasing clouds during the day with a chance of a few sprinkles or light showers later in the day, said KING 5 Metorologist Rich Marriott. This weekend looks wet with steady rain at times. It will get breezy, at the very least, Saturday evening.

Marriott said a series of fairly strong fronts will sweep through the state next week, bringing rain and wind. Latest forecast

Highs should remain around 50, though it does appear we'll see a shift to more scattered showers later Tuesday and Wednesday with cooling and lowering snow levels, said Marriott.

The rains also are expected to extend through Eastern Washington valleys well into next week. Forecasters say the storms will likely drop heavy snow in the mountains above 3,500 feet.

University of Washington Atmospheric Sciences Professor Cliff Mass writes on his blog that the last two weeks of November are the wettest period of the year, and this year won't disappoint.

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